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Why is Google Earth blurry up close?

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December 12, 2011 4:02PM

If you zoom too close ultimately you'll go beyond the resolution of imagery and it will start to "pixelate". Most land areas in Google Earth are covered in satellite imagery with a resolution of about 15 meters per pixel so as you zoom closer to the 15 meter threshold fewer and fewer pixels of image will appear. Zooming closer than 15 meters in this case would only show a single pixel of the image. The highest resolution is typically 1 inch per pixel allowing even greater zoom levels.

If images appear blurry even zoomed out then there might be a corrupt disk cache used by Google Earth. Clean out your disk cache and restart Google Earth. Click 'Clear disk cache' button found under the Tools/Options/Cache panel.